LG Renoir Review
We found the Pixon’s camera interface to be ugly though extremely easy and we said it should be an example for the rest. The Renoir thankfully sticks to that philosophy. The “artist” also offers many options but they are much harder to activate. This is mainly because of the monochrome display and the multiple fields, which result in heavy scrolling. The camera will not impress you with great speeds; it took over 4 seconds to store an image as opposed to 1 second in the Pixon.
As it can be seen in our 8-megapixel cameraphone comparison, the Renoir is behind in terms of picture quality. Both the colors and the detail level are worse than what the competition offers. Even the Xenon flash didn’t meet our expectations and follows the steps of the predecessor Viewty, being worse than the LEDs of its rivals.
2m/6.5feet - Strong light
2m/6.5feet - Low Light
4m/13feet - Strong light
4m/13feet - Low light
Indoor Samples with Flash
For more pictures, please take a look at our 8-megapixel cameraphone comparison.
DivX videos in VGA resolution, and if you choose to shoot in the smaller QVGA, you’ll have the slow/fast motion option. An innovation here is the noise-free microphone, which supposedly will enhance the video sound. The image quality is definitely good (better than hi-res YouTube), but the sound is disappointing. Despite the enhanced mic you will not be able to record a conversation. The gallery is quite nice, visualizing all multimedia files as miniatures. You can easily zoom in the pictures you’re viewing or jump to the next/previous. The time it required to load (several seconds) was a bit of a setback, and then there’s the choppy page transition.
LG Renoir sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution
*Due to codecs support, you may not be able to play the files.
all-in-one device, claiming to be a powerful multimedia player. It’s obvious that we have the hardware needed, but as we’ve mentioned in our guide for buying a music phone there are other important factors. One of the key elements is the software and the options it offers. Here, it lets you sort your music by different criteria but there are no sound effects (equalizers), besides Dolby Mobile. The interface is simple and it visualizes small album art covers and is not impressive in any way. Moreover, it strangely did not recognize the ID3 tags of some of the songs we had uploaded and instead of displaying the track info it was saying “Unknown”. This doesn’t help organize the media library in any way. We’ve never had such a problem with another phone and guess that’ll be fixed by a future software update.
FM radio with RDS and the ability to store up to 50 stations. The thing we didn’t like was that the user is not able to enter names for the stations.
Unfortunately, the test unit didn’t come with a set of earpieces, but it has a 3.5mm adapter. When you plug in quality headphones the sound is generally good but somewhat weak. Dolby really changes the sound and although some will like it we prefer not to use it because the music sounds unreal. Unlike the Pixon, the Renoir’s speaker is quite weak.
The DivX support was one of the key elements in the Viewty. The Renoir adds XviD support, which lets the user play a wider selection of quality videos and they look very good. A cool extra is the option to remove the black frame in case the clip is not proportionate to the screen. The video will be unbalanced but at least you have an alternative.
Quality videos look good on the screen and it’s great not having to convert them. Most of the videos played without any troubles, but strangely, an error notice appeared for some XviD clips stating that they were not supported.
Though a jack of many trades, the Renoir is not a smartphone and the choice of programs is limited to JAVA applications. There are a few preloaded demo versions and LG’s M-Toy menu, which includes two games controlled through the accelerometer. They have nice graphics but are nothing special and choppy. The Renoir is equipped with Picsel File Viewer and can open Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents. However, it doesn’t handle large documents very well.
1. Magiclink (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
Where is the test of the GPS?
2. (unregistered) posted on 17 Oct 2008, 15:07 0 0
In my point of view Im 100% sure that samsung paid you money to let this phone down. whats wrong with you!! lets face the reality.. everything is negative on this phone! no way..
3. Vaan (unregistered) posted on 17 Oct 2008, 17:33 0 0
As I expected LG's only good with specsheets, they just fall short of software and the ui friendliness.
4. (unregistered) posted on 17 Oct 2008, 19:53 0 0
You can see the Secret phonearena review and all will be clear...don’t like LG?
5. Vaan (unregistered) posted on 17 Oct 2008, 20:48 0 0
No it's probably because of the phones, if they are so biased why did they give some of the other LG phones a 9 such as the the shine?
6. (unregistered) posted on 18 Oct 2008, 05:41 0 0
I have the Secret and i can assure it's a very good camera phone, phonearena has rated it 5
7. dontbebiased (unregistered) posted on 18 Oct 2008, 11:14 0 0
ratings on 'camera' lg secret:Resolution 7 Quality 6 Features, Comfort 7 samsung soul:Resolution 10 Quality 7.5 Features, Comfort 8 both with 5 mp. wat da? others review the secret with very good camera and even the best video capabilities, why is the rating so low. oh my. what is wrong with phone arena. atsk
8. (unregistered) posted on 18 Oct 2008, 12:34 0 0
And also Secret's video cam has much higher resolution and frame count.... why so low? I don't know.
9. (unregistered) posted on 18 Oct 2008, 16:40 0 0
and the problem is the viewty got 9/10 do you mean that this mobile is worse than the viewty? from what I can see that its better than the the viewty in almost every thing! P.S. I think if the Pixon wasnt there the reviewer might give this mobile more than the viewty. And it is very obvious that he is over impressed by the Pixon.
10. igor911 (unregistered) posted on 19 Oct 2008, 13:37 0 0
What is this? You're trying to tell me that Viewty is better that Renoir??? Are you nuts???
11. (unregistered) posted on 19 Oct 2008, 15:38 0 0
please guys don't trust this review!! untrusted website..
12. (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2008, 07:02 0 0
Renoir is 150x better that Pixon...but when $@# people are reviewing we cant do anything................
13. Egyptian (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2008, 18:25 0 0
oh my god in this review you said this software like pixon ,you mean the same software gow its not good and pixon is very fast and very excelent i think its bad review from you and you are not judge
14. martix (unregistered) posted on 21 Oct 2008, 08:35 0 0
LG does not really convincing phone! Varna is good!
15. electric_3000 (unregistered) posted on 22 Oct 2008, 04:57 0 0
If i didnt know any better id think this 'review' was a comparison between the Renior and the pixon. It is very biased towards the pixon. Im still gunna get the Renior tho, a Xenon flash is 10x better than a shitty little LED one.. pffft! GO RENIOR! :-D
16. (unregistered) posted on 22 Oct 2008, 19:38 0 0
I did the rating calculation for this phone it should be 8/10 If you notice the calculation for Pixon is 9/10 which is (wrong) it should be the same 8/10 that really means this site love samsung and hate LG..
17. jonesdude (unregistered) posted on 02 Nov 2008, 07:15 0 0
Had it 4 days, mixed opinions. Texting tricky on screen but getting better with practice. Had 10 years practice on "button" phones, 4 days on touch screen. Video problems. Plays some divx files, rejects some. Same with xvid. Don't know why yet. Should really play any divx/xvid as it says it supports them. Video camera, audio and video out of sync. Makes it useless for any decent movie shots. Orange have changed appearance of home screen and logos. Removed GPS Maps in favour of their, chargeable and not operational yet, "Orange Maps" They too have added 5 non deletable bookmarks. The built in browser i found very difficult to click on any link, repeatedly poking at the screen with nothing happening. And the press-hold to zoom percentage seems completely random, unless i haven't figured it out. I've installed Opera Mini instead. Camera seems good, though does not save straight to memory card, despite setting it to do so in Memory Manager and Camera Settings. PC suite software is terrible. Best to change usb settings to Mass storage mode and add files by drag & drop. On the whole it's a pretty cool phone, just the niggling details, i'm going to stick with it. Maybe there will be updates to help the lack of full divx/xvid support. Anyone else tried changing their divx files to suit it, i.e. audio codecs or bit rates/video resoulutions?
18. (unregistered) posted on 07 Nov 2008, 09:31 0 0
Use ImToo 3GP converter > avi (divx) for files it can't paly.
19. UnbiasedReview (unregistered) posted on 13 Nov 2008, 23:50 0 0
Hello All, I am writing from South East Asia and currently using a Renoir as part of my 2 week evaluation for LG in my country. After this 2 weeks, I will be entitled to purchase the phone at a steep discount off the MSRP. Let me be upfront and state that I do not have a competing set, Pixon or Innov8 from Samsung to compare the Renoir to. In my last 1 week of using the Renoir, I can report an overall positive experience with it. There are several areas that the phone falls short in, namely in the user friendliness of the UI. However, for a high tech device such as this, it is an acceptable compromise. It fits my usage to a T as I do not demand a full fledged WinMobile phone and the basic function set is adequate for everyday work and play. Let me get to the point to say that this review is biased against the Renoir and I can say in no uncertain terms that my own experience with the phone is 90% positive. For a more unbiased review, I would head over to GSM Arena instead. I for one, will definitely be buying this phone.
20. (unregistered) posted on 15 Nov 2008, 11:23 0 0
In my point of view Im 100% sure that samsung paid you money to let this phone down. 
21. mushymallow (unregistered) posted on 03 Dec 2008, 11:23 0 0
Reviews these days are getting more and more bias. Better off trying the phone yourself and make the decision. Never trust what others says until you really get your hands on it. That is the way with touchscreen phone!!!
22. (unregistered) posted on 08 Dec 2008, 05:18 0 0
I have found this phone to be much better in almost all respects to my Viewty, I think this review by phonearena is contrived.
23. N95ER posted on 10 Dec 2008, 18:18 0 0
Well I'm upgrading my N95 in jan' 09. My choices have been narrowed down to three phones, the LG renoir, samsung pixon and the samsung omnia. After reading the above review I thought "Well that's the LG off my list, that narrows it down!" but then I read the user reviews and find myself back to the start again. Out of the three phones mentioned, which would you advise me to go for. All advise welcome as I'm totally stuck! Thanks.
24. kronos1 posted on 27 Jan 2010, 09:06 0 0
Ok this is probably the best camera 8mpx of couple of phone that l have used lately it beats Pixon,c905,in terms of still shoots,and touch screen is one of most responsive even better then pixons, wifi comes like a charm,so if u want fast and good capable camera phone l recomeded this one.
26. Karim O. (unregistered) posted on 17 Aug 2010, 12:20 0 0
this is not a good phone at all, touchscreen is very cheap and very slow and unresponsive. lg only managed to make a good camera, thats it. i bought this junk for 160 dollars and the sound was screwed up in 1 month, i will never buy LG again. i get better preformance from a nokia or samsung. tried to install a few java apps, catastrophe. my personal rating camera-10 func.-5 sound-5 phone-6